Rolf on Welsh Art
Five new paintings by acclaimed artist and entertainer Rolf Harris will be going on show at museums and galleries around Wales as part of a new BBC Cymru Wales arts series Rolf on Welsh Art.
Rolf Harris himself will be visiting National Museum Cardiff on Wednesday, February 16 to talk about the series and answer questions in conversation with BBC Radio Wales Arts Programme presenter Nicola Heywood-Thomas. The session is free and begins at 2pm.
The paintings, which were created for the series, feature Rolf’s attempts at creating a work in the styles of the four featured artists - Sir Kyffin Williams, Graham Sutherland, Josef Herman and Shani Rhys James.
Rolf had to tackle challenges he had never faced in his artistic life before, including:
- painting entirely with a palette knife to capture Sir Kyffin’s distinctive strokes
- viewing himself in a hand mirror to paint, as Shani Rhys James does
- picking up objects from Pembrokeshire to incorporate into his interpretation of Graham Sutherland
- redoing his version of his Josef Herman as his first effort wasn’t “monumental” enough
The paintings can be viewed at the following partnership venues:
Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni
Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea
Oriel Y Parc, St Davids, from February 11
National Museum Cardiff (Shani Rhys James), from February 16